I came across this article on MSN a few days ago: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/03/moms-diet-for-7-year-old-d… (the original article in Vogue is not accessible online without a subscription)
I’m curious to see your reactions to this story. I was appalled by some of the methods this mother used, but it’s also bringing a renewed focus to the Childhood Obesity Epidemic. Have any of you experienced clients or friends that project their own issues onto their children? Do you have any suggestions in dealing with situations such as these? How could the new ACE Integrated Fitness Model be applied to the psychological/behavioral science aspect that this article addresses?
Hi Sara. All of this points to the need for seeking competent, professional help with pervasive health issues such as these. I serve on a County subcommittee on Childhood Obesity.
I too have had situations where a parent’s view on diet, food and health seriously impacted the parent’s daughters. It’s a very touchy situation, and we as trainers can only do so much (cajole, advise, provide information, make suggestions, refer etc). I don’t know enough about the particular situation that you cite to in the article link, but it’s sad when someone who may “mean well” takes actions that can negatively impact a young person not only now but in the future.